Entries by Pest Control Canada

Camel Cricket

5858  Hello.   Can you help me identify this bug found in my bedroom of my fourth floor apartment on Nov 1, 2016 in Calgary, AB. See attached. Thank you.  Charles  This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets known as a cave or camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). Some people also call them ‘sprickets’ because of a […]

Dermestidae Beetle Larva

5857   Hello.   I found two of these bugs on the wall above my bed.  Any help would be great! Thank you.   Karen This looks like a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/larder/carpet beetles and allies), possibly in the genus Anthrenus – see http://tinyurl.com/z3oqpsv for an example and http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site […]

Get rid of boxelder bugs

We have box elder bugs on the exterior wall. But we found a tree on the side of our house, which looks like box elder tree. Is it possible, to identify the tree and help us to deal with the bugs. Sulo Control or exclusion must be done in the summer and fall.  Caulking windows […]

Stink bug

5856  I found this very hard bodied beetle strolling across my bedroom floor near Leduc, Alberta.  Size of the body is just under 2 cm.  In normal light it is very dark, almost black.  Thank you for letting me know what it is and if I have to be concerned.   Thanks. Esther This appears to be […]

Harmless sow bug

5855  Hello, looking to identify this bug and get rid of it. My name is Loay and live in Mississauga Ontario. It’s October so it’s somewhat chilly around 1 – 10 degrees Celsius. I found them indoors (including the basement) and outdoors around main entrances. This is a harmless sowbug.  They have gills which need constant […]

Phorid flies

5854    Good day,  Recently my basement bedroom and bathroom have become a hangout to tiny black flies. I can’t figure out where they’re coming from or even what they are.    They rally around the exterior windows when its light out, and then after that are found around other sources of light. A candle burning all night […]

woolly aphid

5853   Hello.  I live just outside Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. For the past number of days there have been these rather SMALL whitish bugs flying around. First thought it was pollen floating by … but they are a flying bug. Looks more white in the air but have a blueish (neon) glow. Some got caught in a […]

Snail eating ground beetle

5852    Hi there, Saw this on my way to Victoria BC at Goldstream National Park. What is it??   Taylor. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) that specializes in snail-eating, it appears to be Scaphinotus angusticollis – see http://tinyurl.com/6vj9qb8 for an image and details on its life history. Nice find! Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

nymph of a cockroach

5851   I discovered these bugs on a shelf in my cupboard . It happened at the beginning of September when I found cockroaches and started cleaning my food cupboards out. I had inadvertently left banana skins In a plastic bag and they somehow got pushed into a cupboard. There were these beetles quite different from […]

Barn siding

I am planning to use in my house. I have removed the boards from the barn and there were signs of termites there. I pressure washed the boards, sun dried them for 3 days, steam cleaned the boards and sprayed the boards with Otho Home Defense, not the Max version multiple times. Does anyone have […]

click beetle

5850   Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  5 degrees Celsius outside, October 31st.  Found in a bedroom on a bed.  Crystal This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), simply an accidental intruder that will do no harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Bed Bug bites a serious health risk.

A new report demonstrates that bed bugs (notably the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius) can induce a potentially dangerous (and possibly even deadly) systemic reaction in individuals repeatedly exposed to bed bugs. Two bed bug researchers had been exposed to bed bug bites over time (either due to being bitten while working in active infestations […]

Rats: Size does matter.

G’day. I noticed I had rats in my crawl space. I put out poison bait blocks. Anyway I found 2 dead rats. One was bigger, and one was smaller. I was wondering if this was a male, and a female, or a mother, and a baby. Because if it was a mother, and a baby […]

crab spider

5849 Hi, attached is a spider that I photographed today (Oct 29 2016 @ 4:06pm). It was outside (about 19c) on the pool leaf net. Body length about 0.11 in. or 2.8mm. Location Ajax, Ontario.   Frank This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae); possibly in the genus Mecaphesa – see http://tinyurl.com/24kyg8b for an image. All crab […]

Pantry pest?

5848  I find between 10-20 of these on my bathroom floor (partial Basement) daily. It is a vinyl floor and relatively clean space. Please advise what these May be and how we can stop them?  Thanks.  Gurj This is another example of something that I have seen before, but simply cannot pin a name on; it […]

female orb-weaving spider

5846  Hello,  I am attaching a photo of a larger spider that was on the outside ‘side’ of our house….believe he must be some sort of garden spider? I have attached one photo of him taken inside a plastic cup. I set him free after taking the photo. This photo was in the fall season and in northern NE […]

broadfaced sac spider

5845   I was bit by this yesterday(Saturday Oct 29) Sandra.  Mitchell Ontario This appears to be a broadfaced sac spider, Trachelas tranquillus, in the family Trachelidae. These are wandering spiders that do not spin a capture web, and occasionally wander indoors. They are reported to have a painful but not dangerous bite; see http://tinyurl.com/hlpmbbg for […]

house centipede

5844    This bug is about 1 inch in length and taken inside a store in Mississauga Ontario Canada.   thanks for identifying.  Michael Mississauga Ontario This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species. Unlike most centipedes, these have relatively good eyesight, and will chase down some of their prey. They are reputed to have a […]

Assassin bug nymph

5843  Mainly green body with red striation along back. Someone suggested it was an assassin bug. May have come in with the dog. This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae; it is a nymph in the genus Zelus, likely Zelus luridus – see http://tinyurl.com/j7822h4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

Fruit fly?

5842    Can you tell me what kind of fly this is and the best way to get rid of them.  They come in the house in the fall and stay all winter. The problem started last fall. Donna Although this fly superficially resembles some fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the genus Rhagoletis, I am by no […]

Scuttle fly

5841    Hi, Please help identify. Seemed to be coming from floor drain. I thought they were fruit flies but they were not flying and seemed to move VERY fast on the floor. So fast I thought they were jumping. Size – Approx 1mm    Photo – 50x Magnification Location – Canada – Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario Picture taken  […]

long-jawed orb weaver spider

5839   Found this summer in Muskoka, Ontario on a boat.  Body measures about 1 cm, spider is bright green.  Cheers, Ute This is a long-jawed orb weaver (family Tetragnathidae); it looks like Tetragnatha viridis – see http://tinyurl.com/hakxrtkfor an image. These spiders usually are found near bodies of water, where they construct webs that more nearly […]

Dermestidae beetle shed skin.

5838   This picture was taken in my room in Stratford Ontario. This is the second one I’ve found. Could you please help me in identifying it.  Rebecca  This looks like the shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles, etc.) Just as a precaution, you might check areas where dry food […]


5837   Good evening.  Found hundreds of these crawling on our back yard fence.  Calgary, Alberta.   Found today.  Yard has loads of vegetation.   The bug is very small, maybe 1/8 to ¼ inch, body is all black.   Rob Like No. 5832, this is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). All aphids are obligatory sap feeders, and in addition to […]

very young cockroach nymph

5836   Hi there, I recently (late October 2016) moved into a new apartment near Cobourg, Ontario. The last tenants were very messy and in the course of cleaning the cupboards I came across some of these. This was the largest specimen I found and the clearest shots I could take. Grateful for an ID if […]

Rats in Canada

I found a rat with no hair on its tail, body colour was Grey, in my house a few years ago an just read how we only have the Bushy tailed rats and the one I found was about 16 Inches in body length, lower jaw teeth about 3/4 inch long and the tail was […]

female hard tick

5835    My son had this in his hand in Belleville, on. We also have a dog.   Tammy. This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae), but I cannot tell which species it might be. You may want to check your dog to see if it is carrying any more. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks […]

carrion/sexton/burying beetle

5834   Hi – found the attached insect in back yard (Head Chezzetcook, NS) covered in tiny insects, maybe aphids.  Thought it was a wasp because of the yellow and black on the body which was hard to see, but now thinking might me some kind of beetle.  Hoping you can identify both insects.  Thanks,  Sherri This […]

Assassin (Kissing) Bug

5833 Found in Saskatchewan, also believe seen recently in Edmonton Alberta (inside buildings)  SCOTT This appears to be an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in the subfamily Triatominae; members of this subfamily collectively are known as cone-nose or kissing bugs and are obligate blood feeders. Your image bears some resemblance to Triatoma lecticularia, but you are hundreds […]


5832 I’m in Innisfil, Ontario. It is a mild October. This last week have had tiny all black, six legged (plus two antennae)bugs crawling all over my decks and brick and basement windows Not a hard beetle type shell and no wings.  Slow but steady pace when moving. They do not jump or scatter when threatened; […]

harmless boxelder bug

5831 Hi my name is Sarah and I have come across 2 bugs so far in my home both the same and I have no idea what it is , I was wondering if you could let me know what it is and is it harmful as in should I go to a doctor and get […]